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Looking for an easy to read chassidic commentary on the Torah

I'm looking for an easy to read chassidic comentary on the Torah. I'm looking for a single commentary. Iwas considering to buy Imrei Noam by the Dzikov rebbe, but I'm not sure if it is easy to read.
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Nedarim 51a bar kappara permitted to listen to rebbe’s wife’s singing

The artscroll talmud nedarim 51a brings shalmei nedarim, yaakov emden and einayim lamishpat who explain possible circumstances that could have permitted bar kappara to listen to rebbe’s wife sing at ...
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What is the translation and meaning of the Mordekhai HaArokh on Shulchan Aruch O"C 155?

On SAOC 155:2 – what is the meaning and translation of the Mordekhai haArokh here, particularly the bolded part? Would the following be correct? https://he.wikisource.org/wiki/%D7%A9%D7%95%D7%9C%D7%97%...
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Who explains Aharon not deviating in this way?

In the beginning of Be'haaloscha, Rashi explains that Aharon lit the menorah in the same fashion each time. Which meforash elaborates on this pshat, explaining that he did it with the same vigor ...
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Why isn't midrash rabbah learnt as much as other commentaries

I feel like there's more of a stress to learn other commentaries, and midrash rabbah and tanchuma are just nice things extra if you want to. I see amazing droshos in the midrash, and was wondering why ...
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Why is "the righteous" (Chavakuk 2:4) a reference to "Jeconiah the king"?

Why is "the righteous" (as in Chavakuk 2:4) in reference to "Jeconiah the king"? The passage in question reads: "but the righteous shall live by his faith." Chavakuk - ...
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Where is the Shabbat desecration in the following excerpt from "Ethics from Sinai"?

In "Ethics from Sinai", his brilliant, three-volume treatise on Pirkei Avot, Reb Irving M. Bunim Z”TL writes the following in his commentary to Perek VI, Mishnah 7: “So the Talmud tells how ...
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Pardes Torah Commentary

Are there any Torah commentaries that incorporate a systematic theory of PaRDeS analysis? Given the number of commentaries out there, even just the ones from eminent Torah authorities (the numerous ...
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Guarantors and Moshiach

In Be-Ikvei HaKetuvim (בעקבי הכתובים) by Rav Yaakov Edelstein, Rav Edelstein quotes Yeshayahu 53:4 where it says: But in truth he has borne our sicknesses and endured our pains; yet we did esteem him ...
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Healing power of matzah (Zohar)

The Zohar HaKadosh (thanks to HaLeiVi for pointing this Zohar out) writes that matzah is called "healing food": Rather, it can be likened to a King who had a single son who grew weak. One ...
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Is טיית a language?

Rav Hai Ga'on's commentary to Keilim 14:3 reads: הקנטר של בנאי. פי' כמין מטה ושבט של ברזל שהוא לבנאים לחתור בו הכותל ושמו בטיית בורסין What do the last three words mean? I assume it's a reference to ...
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R. Saadia's position on mythological beasts

In parshat Sh'mini, there is a list of birds that are considered not to be eaten. The text lists (in 11:13) אֶת־הַנֶּ֙שֶׁר֙ וְאֶת־הַפֶּ֔רֶס וְאֵ֖ת הָעׇזְנִיָּֽה In the Artscroll, the commentary reads ...
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"Reverend" as title for a Rabbi?

I came across a Chumash Rashi with the supercommentary of Dr. Silbermann and "Rev." Rosenbaum. Does this abbreviation mean "Reverend"? Am I correct to assume that Dr. Rosenbaum was ...
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Translating a passage from Ma'asei ha-Shem

I'm struggling with two short phrases from the Ma'asei ha-Shem commentary on Parashat Korach. I've bolded the relevant bits below, can anyone help? אשמים אנחנו כאשר נתרשל מלחקור בסתרי תורתנו באמרנו ...
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Bava Kamma 60: getting sick because you fear getting sick

The Gemara in Bava Kamma (60b) says: The Sages taught: If there is plague in the city, gather your feet, i.e., limit the time you spend out of the house, as it is stated in the verse: “And none of ...
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And he shall rend it by its wings - questions on the burnt offering

Today, my Chavrusa and I were learning Parashas (Vayikra 1:17): And if the burnt sacrifice for his offering to the Lord be of birds, then he shall bring his offering of turtledoves, or of young ...
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Looking for a Midrash about the point that one can learn from everybody

I’m looking for (the source of) a Midrash I once heard. It was about a Talmid Chacham who didn’t let himself be lectured by others except for his own Rabbi (or the Rabbi’s). Then he had this encounter ...
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Yehudah ibn Balaam's Commentary on Yechezkel

I'm looking for Yehudah ibn Balaam's Commentary on Yechezkel. Is it available online (whether scanned, PDF or otherwise)? If so, where?
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Does The Entire Orthodox World Hold Rashi In The Same Regard?

I know how integral Rashi’s Torah Commentary is in the Askenaz community (in their Yeshivot they begin teaching it pretty much as soon as kids can read). I was wondering if this was also true in the ...
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need help finding online midrash sources about the story of exodus?

I need to find online midrash sources (in English ,and can be searched using key words ) that explain the whole or most of the story of Moses and the pharaoh... Thanx all.
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Golden Calf: Moshe had a Golden Answer to Hashem. Why didn't he say it?

Rabbi Lazer Ginzburg seems to say the greatest thing a Jewish leader can do when his people are causing Gds anger, is to say to Hashem: "It's because of me that the yidden are sinning!" (he ...
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What does it mean to be a complete Tzaddik or an incomplete Tzaddik?

I was reading of Noach and there some disagreement on whether he was a complete Tzaddik or an incomplete Tzaddik. What does this mean? How is it determined?
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According to 1st century Jewish interpretations of Ecclesiastes, what part of man goes to Sheol?

Note: this is an adaptation of the question According to Ecclesiastes, what part of man goes to Sheol? which I previously asked on Biblical Hermeneutics Stack Exchange. On that site the question ...
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How would Pharisees of the 1st century AD have interpreted Ecclesiastes 9:5-10?

Ecclesiastes 9:5-10 (ESV): 5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Their love and their hate and ...
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Why will the Galilee be destroyed? - Sanhedrin 97a

The Gemara teaches us that in the generation when Moshiach comes, the Galilee will be destroyed (Sanhedrin 97a): During the generation that the son of David comes, the hall of the assembly of the ...
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Greek Chi and Anointment

In Menachos 75a and other places it says that meshicha, smearing of oil, on the רקיקים wafer-offerings, is done כמין כי יווני - like a greek letter chi. Tosefos there brings quite a few explanations ...
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Translating an Abarbanel in Melachim

I'm having trouble translating this paragraph, particularly because of the phrases I am bolding. It is the אברבנאל on מלכים א פרק ב פסוק ו: ואחרי שספר דוד כל המעשה הזה אשר עשה יואב נגדו, אמר לשלמה בנו ...
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Isaiah 40:3 on "preparing road for the Lord"

Isaiah 40:3 says: "קוֹל קוֹרֵא בַּמִּדְבָּר פַּנּוּ דֶּרֶךְ ה' יַשְּׁרוּ בָּעֲרָבָה מְסִלָּה לֵאלֹהֵינוּ׃" פנו דרך יי" and often translated as "clear a/the road for/of the Lord&...
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Who is the commentary on Sefer Orech Apayim?

On the bottom of the sefer there is a commentary by the name "V'Yosef Avraham". Does anyone know who wrote this? See picture below from HebrewBooks.org
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Spared from the pains of the birthpangs of Moshiach

I am looking for some explanations given by modern commentators on the following question: The question is: why does studying Torah protects a person against the pains of the birthpangs of Moshiach? ...
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Sefer אפיקי מים on Sanhedrin 97a

There's a sefer called אפיקי מים where it comments on Sanhedrin 97a, on the following: ת"ר שבוע שבן דוד בא בו שנה ראשונה מתקיים מקרא זה (עמוס ד, ז) והמטרתי על עיר אחת ועל עיר אחת לא אמטיר שניה ...
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Did Ibn Gabirol write a commentary on King David's Psalms?

I heard that Ibn Ezra preserved some of Solomon Ibn Gabirol's exegesis in his great commentary on the Pentateuch, but did Ibn Gabirol write a commentary on King David's Psalms?
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Brit Avraham commentry on Yalkut Shimoni

Does anyone know if the Brit Avraham commentry on Yalkut Shimoni, Leviticus remez 137 is available online? (First published 1586.)
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How is it known that Ben-Temalion was a small shed (שד)?

A follow-up to my first question, which is really what I was going for on that question: How is it known that Ben-Temalion was a small shed (שד)? @Dov sourced Rashi to Rabbeinu Gershom, but that doesn'...
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Yaakov's travel from Be'er Sheva to Haran: a spiritual journey?

The Torah tells us that Yaakov went from Be'er Sheva towards Haran (Bereishit 28:10). If you look at the map, Haran is somewhere in modern day Turkey (if I'm correct), so the journey was upwards. When ...
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Source for a quote from a commentary

Allegedly the following quote is from Rav Abraham Saba's commentary on the Torah, Parashat Chaie Sarah: הרבה נחשים צייעונים וכלבים עזי נפש יש לו לקדוש ברוך הוא בעולמו. אם התחיבנו גלות, או לנו הכא ...
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Sources needed on Torah-Study

I'm looking for the following sources, I searched for it, but unfortunately can't find them on HebrewBooks (might be my mistake though) Igros Moshe, Orach Chayim 1:20 by R'Moshe Feinstein, in which ...
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Who comes and what will happen in Edom Bozrah?

Looking at Isaiah 63:1 Who is this coming from Edom? In crimsoned garments from Bozrah. Who is this, majestic in attire, pressing forward in His great might? “It is I, who contend victoriously, ...
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Mashiach and the (blessing of the) tribes (Gen. 49)

I have a question regarding the blessings of the tribes in Bereishis 49. The Torah (49:14) states for example, "Issachar is a strong-boned ass, Crouching among the sheepfolds", which Rashi ...
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Jewish sources for Jerome on Daniel 11:34

Jerome, in his commentary on Daniel 11:34, wrote (my translation from a Hebrew translation): "In defeat, they will receive a little help - there are among the Jews that relate this verse to ...
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What does "Britain" have to do with "the destruction of the second Beis HaMikdosh"?

Abarbanel on Torah, Deuteronomy 28:49, writes "Now he mentions the destruction of the second Beis HaMikdosh. From afar. Who came from Britain and other distant countries speedily." I only ...
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יחד one, sole, only, set apart?

Genesis 22:2 says: Take now thy son, thine ben yachid (only son) Yitzchak, whom thou lovest. Literally it says your son, your ‘individual, only, sole’, whom you love, Yitzchak (אֶת־בִּנְךָ֨ אֶת־...
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Father Son what do these terms imply?

I'm not so much interested to who or what these words refer to in these verses, but what I would like to know, however, is what the terms 'father' and 'son' mean when used in the Tenach when it’s not ...
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Bar Enash; what, who(m) and why?

Daniel 7:13 uses the words k’bar enash, “like a human (being)”. It’s in Aramaic. I often hear that these words would be a translation for the Hebrew k’ben Adam. But because Aramaic and Hebrew are ...
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Bar Enash a designation of an authoritative representative of another?

Daniel 7:13. In that prophetic verse, Daniel declares that he sees one like a son of (mortal) man coming with clouds to the Ancient of Days to be presented before Him. The expression ‘like a son of ...
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Are the words אנש and איש related?

Could someone help me out: Rabbi Shlomo Aharon Wertheimer (1866-1935) writes that the root of enosh is ish, with the additional NUN to serve as a diminutive. Now I would like to know if the Hebrew ...
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Why the distinction between groups of people in Psalm 49?

Psalm 49:2-3 reads something like: Hear inhabitants of the world, (and) also sons of Adam, and also sons of Ish... Why is there a distinction made here between inhabitants of the world, sons of Adam ...
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What does the word s'chach סכך have to do with anointing or pouring?

What does the word s'chach סכך (the roof of a sukkah or succah) have to do with anointing or pouring? The word s'chach סכך appears to come from the verb to anoint or to pour, as in the following ...
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Isaiah 58:3 what was wrong with the fast?

I was looking at Isaiah 58:3 and had some trouble with translating this part of the verse: הֵ֣ן בְּי֤וֹם צֹֽמְכֶם֙ תִּמְצְאוּ־חֵ֔פֶץ וְכָל־עַצְּבֵיכֶ֖ם תִּנְגֹּֽשׂוּ "Behold, in the day of your ...
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When did Rosh Hashanah begin?

When did Rosh Hashanah begin? According to a scientific observation, the sliver of moon was first sighted on Tuesday night. My understanding is that Rosh Hashanah begins at the appearance of such. Is ...
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